Dollars & Sense

Hocker’s stores support Alzheimer’s Association

G&E Inc. and Hocker’s Super Center in Ocean View and Millville support the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter each year by selling paper forget-me-nots for $1 each in memory of or in honor of someone who has or had any type of dementia. The campaign ran from July 1 through Aug. 3 this year.

Pie taking a slice of Bethany Beach with its gourmet pizza

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Kelley Martin and Robin Rankin stand in front of Pie, a new gourmet pizza restaurant on Central Avenue in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Kelley Martin and Robin Rankin stand in front of Pie, a new gourmet pizza restaurant on Central Avenue in Bethany Beach.Dan Lewis and Robin Rankin, former owners of Coastal Living Market, have been perfecting their pizza recipe for years but are finally sharing it with Bethany Beach, with the grand opening of their latest venture, Pie — a gourmet pizza restaurant and wine bar.

Also joining Lewis and Rankin in the venture is long-time friend Kelley Martin, who has been overseeing the bar while her business partners run the kitchen. The result so far has been overwhelming success with a concept that has become increasingly popular in various cities throughout the nation.

“This whole concept of more gourmet pizza is popping up everywhere. We literally had no idea,” said Martin of customer feedback so far. “We have gotten nothing but rave reviews about everything. Everybody loves it.”

“I think, in general, simpler concepts in restaurants overall are becoming more popular,” added Rankin of the idea. “We wanted it to be casual. We’re at the beach. We don’t want people to feel like they have to get dressed up to come to dinner.”

To go along with Pie’s casual yet inviting atmosphere, the menu also avoids overcomplication, featuring nine specialty pizzas, a few salads, and a variety of meat and cheese charcuterie plates. Customers are also free to build their own custom pizzas, incorporating any of the house ingredients available, all on Pie’s signature hand-rolled, grilled dough.

Ocean View Beach Club launches new home sales

The Ocean View Beach Club (OVBC), a master-planned residential community located just west of Bethany Beach, has opened sales. Designed by Convergence Communities, OVBC will offer an array of natural and planned wellness-based amenities and programs to its future residents, representatives said.

SCAOR president completes national program in Chicago

Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) 2014 President Brad Riedle recently completed a comprehensive multi-day training program conducted in Chicago by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

World Series brings positive economic impact to Sussex County

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The 2014 World Series is in the books with yet another successful year that provided a substantial amount of revenue for Sussex County. Here, volunteers working the concession stand pose for a photo.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The 2014 World Series is in the books with yet another successful year that provided a substantial amount of revenue for Sussex County. Here, volunteers working the concession stand pose for a photo.After the crowds leave the ballpark and ESPN sends the lights and cameras back up to Bristol; after the celebration dwindles and the teams head back home; and after the popcorn is swept up from the Lower Sussex “Walk of Fame,” Delaware District III Director Martin Donovan starts taking a look at the numbers.

“Economic development for the county and the state was huge,” Donovan noted, after estimating that District III spent more than $200,000 locally just in food, housing and transportation for the teams alone as host of the Big League and Senior League Softball World Series, held in Roxana during the first week of August. “I think that one of the things that people don’t realize is it’s a county-wide event, as far as people spending money.”

This year’s Big League Softball World Series featured two teams from Delaware playing in the championship game, with Milford representing USA East and Laurel getting a bid as the District III host team.

Bethany Beach Long & Foster office on top in 2014 awards

The Bethany Beach office of Long & Foster Real Estate has been named the Best Real Estate Office in Sussex County by Coastal Style magazine. This is the second year that the local publication has invited its readers to vote for their favorite businesses and services in the Best Of competition, and the first time that Long & Foster has received the real estate award.

Claddagh brings Fenwick a taste of Irish pubs

Claddagh Pub owner Mike Clarke is not Irish. He doesn’t serve Irish food. He doesn’t really even like Irish food. However, when he went to open up his first bar/restaurant in 1995, he could think of no better concept than an Irish pub.

Macysyn joins Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced this week that Christine Macysyn has become a sales associate with the company’s Bethany Beach office.

Millville By the Sea seeing successful summer sales season

Millville By the Sea this week success with new home sales this summer. Since the grand opening of the new Model Home Court in June 2014, the growing beach resort community in Millville has seen more 440 potential buyers and sold 10 coastal-style homes from builders Miller & Smith and the Christopher Companies.

EcoBay Kayak teaches youth Whas’SUP in 10th year

Coastal Point • Submitted : EcoBay Kayaking Adventures is now offering SUP Camp at James Farm. Pictured, instructors Mary Harmon and Carley Collins stand with EcoBay's first-ever group of SUP campers.Coastal Point • Submitted : EcoBay Kayaking Adventures is now offering SUP Camp at James Farm. Pictured, instructors Mary Harmon and Carley Collins stand with EcoBay's first-ever group of SUP campers.A decade ago, Lisa Daisey launched EcoBay Kayaking Adventures as an enthusiastic 26-year-old. Now in business a decade, Daisey still doesn’t need any added reasons to get excited about going to work every day — but after adding stand-up paddleboarding instructor May Harmon to the team to help run their first ever SUP camp, she’s got one anyway.

“It’s hard to do it. It’s consistently challenging,” said Daisey, who also owns Juice Box on Route 26 in Ocean View, of being an entrepreneur. “To make it 10 years — especially starting when I was 26 — I was like, ‘I just wanna take some people out kayaking,’ and now I have people calling every year, so it feels good. I would not be able to do what I do without all the amazing help I get to work with every day.”

As always, EcoBay offers its two-day kayak camps at James Farm, in addition to the its various other kayaking and SUP ventures, but now it also offers a daylong day-camp for stand-up paddleboarding, as well.

“They’re just thrilled. This is their dream, their bucket-list item for the summer,” said Harmon, who joined EcoBay as a Paddlefit-certified instructor. “I love teaching SUP to these kids. I love sharing my passion for fitness through the most empowering sport I have ever done in my life.”

Bethany Beach Bookstore asks visitors: Where’s Waldo?

Bethany Beach Books is offering locals and visitors the chance to find the ever-elusive Waldo in downtown Bethany Beach. Those who wish to participate in the free family-friendly activity can stop by any of the 25 participating Bethany Beach shops and pick up a “passport” before starting their search.

Bicycle Connection switches gears in Bethany Beach

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Bicycle Connection carries Electro bicycles to accomodate those looking for beach cruiser bikes. They also carry Trek road bikes.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Bicycle Connection carries Electro bicycles to accomodate those looking for beach cruiser bikes. They also carry Trek road bikes.For years, Bethany Cycles, located on Route 26, was a destination for cyclists in the Bethany Beach area. Last December, the shop was bought by Bicycle Connection, which has another location in Maryland, and as a result it can now offer customers a wider variety of bicycle- and kayak- related products.

“We just have a lot more available than we had before,” said Manager Tommy Riebel. “We switched the line. We’re going back to Trek and the Electro line of bikes. They also have the Townies, which are very popular.”

The shop carries Trek road bikes and hybrids for all skill levels of riders and carries Electro as their beach cruisers, for those looking for a bike to use in the bike lane on Coastal Highway or on local boardwalks.

Not only does Bicycle Connection carry a variety of bikes, it also carries a variety of bike accessories, including bicycle shoes, seats, pumps, locks, storage bags, racks, trailers and baby seats.

“Not everybody’s got shoes,” explained Riebel. “We have some cycling shoes — shoes that also work for spin class, which is popular around here with a couple gyms.”

Royal Farms to open next week in Ocean View

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The new Royal Farms in Ocean View is scheduled to hold a soft opening on Tuesday, July 14.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The new Royal Farms in Ocean View is scheduled to hold a soft opening on Tuesday, July 14.The new Royal Farms location on Route 26 in Ocean View will open for business next week. The 24-hour gas and convenience store will have its soft opening at midnight on Tuesday, July 14, with an official ribbon-cutting on July 17 at 10 a.m.

The store will have 24-hour gas pumps and a Redbox kiosk located outside of the store, as well as various food items inside, including the chain’s fried chicken.

Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran said the store is unique in that they minimize the cost of ribbon-cuttings and instead donate money to area charities.

“They have named eight of them, starting with Mariner’s Bethel Church. The top charity gets $1,000 and the others receive $500 each,” explained Curren. “They’re already a very good neighbor.”

The new Royal Farms is located at 58 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.

Biden urges consumers to be wary of vacation-related scams

As the summer travel season kicks into high gear, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden warned Delawareans to be on the lookout for travel-related frauds and scams.

Long & Foster’s Kopp Group named among nation’s best

Long & Foster Real Estate announced this week that the Leslie Kopp Group, based in Bethany Beach, ranked 201st out of real estate teams nationwide, based on transaction volume in 2013, as ranked by REAL Trends Inc.

Aquacare offers canine rehabilitation at Millville therapy clinic

Lauren Nuttle, doctor of physical therapy at Aquacare Physical Therapy, has completed the first portion of the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP), “Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation,” Aquacare announced this week.

Tourism website update offers way to explore the Culinary Coast

“Southern Delaware’s incredible growth as a culinary destination has led to the area becoming known throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond as the Culinary Coast,” noted representatives of Southern Delaware Tourism.

Roberts takes over One Coastal with fresh menu and fresh concepts

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Carlie Roberts, right, recently took over One Coastal and has brought a whole way of preparing food in the restaurant. They display the ingredients for all to see, using fresh vegetables and fruits, and catering to those with specific food allergies or requests.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Carlie Roberts, right, recently took over One Coastal and has brought a whole way of preparing food in the restaurant. They display the ingredients for all to see, using fresh vegetables and fruits, and catering to those with specific food allergies or requests.Bethany native, Indian River High School alumnus and new owner of One Coastal restaurant Carlie Roberts knows food — and food service. Not only has she worked in the industry both locally and beyond for 18 years, but she’s also studied the cuisine of other cultures in her various travels.

Last Friday, July 4, however, Roberts got the chance to bring some of those concepts back home with the grand re-opening of One Coastal — a dine-in or carry-out restaurant located just as the name suggests: at 1 Coastal Highway, just north of the Maryland and Delaware border in Fenwick Island.

Not only does the restaurant and bar serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with a full menu of fresh coastal cuisine, but it also offers homemade ice cream and fresh, made-to-order smoothies and juices.

“We see what’s fresh and see how we can use it,” Roberts said of the concept. “You can pick and choose what you want. We want everybody to see what we’re doing and to feel like they’re a part of it, they’re not just a spectator.”

Serving all three meals daily, Roberts has ensured that, no matter what the time of day, there is always a healthy option catered to those with certain dietary restrictions — whether it be gluten-free, lactose-free or vegetarian.

“A lot of people are dairy-free now. A lot of people are gluten-free. A lot of people have allergies. So we feel like we have something for everybody,” she explained. “If you don’t see it on the menu and we’re capable of making it, we absolutely will, and we’re able to do that because we’re keeping things simple.”

Sweet and savory, Fenwick gets a crêpe place with a twist

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Filip Siladjev makes a crêpe on one of the round griddles. Crêpes & Crazes offers many fillings and can cater to anyone’s desired taste.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Filip Siladjev makes a crêpe on one of the round griddles. Crêpes & Crazes offers many fillings and can cater to anyone’s desired taste.Fenwick Island has gotten a little French with the new Crêpes & Crazes, located on Coastal Highway.

Crêpes are large, thin pancakes that originated in France (also available gluten-free), but which are making the transition to tasty beach food. Like a blank canvas, they can be covered in any kind of topping.

But first, they’re made right before customers’ eyes, on wide, round griddles.

“If you’re not hungry before you walk in, you’re hungry after you walk in, because you can smell it,” said owner Sherry Perzinski.

Strawberry Fields is the top-seller at Crêpes & Crazes, featuring berries, cream cheese, crushed pretzels and drizzles of vanilla sauce. Apple Perfection is a homey treat, with gooey apples caramel and cinnamon, topped with honey and powdered sugar.

Savory crêpes make a meal out of the popular pizza crêpe, teriyaki chicken, Lasagna Supreme, Cheesesteak Lovers and Veggie Volcano. BBQ Chicken has Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce, cheese and bacon. Breakfast Bonanza features egg, bacon or sausage, onions, peppers and tomatoes.

People can get almost any filling, from fruit, Nutella or peanut butter to chicken, tuna and ham salads. Spinach salad is coming soon, with walnuts and strawberries.

Get a scoop of ice cream, or milkshakes, malteds, floats and more. Or add piping hot waffle sticks to create a new version of an ice cream sundae.

“We have regular customers, and that’s also a good sign,” said manager Filip Siladjev.

Orthodontist joins Peninsula Dental in Millsboro

Peninsula Dental Millsboro recently announced that orthodontist Robert Park, DMD, has joined the practice. A graduate of Harvard School of Dental Medicine and trained in orthodontics at Case Western Reserve University, Park brings orthodontic treatment for children and adults to Millsboro. He offers traditional braces, clear Invisalign orthodontics, retainers and the Damon System.

Charlie’s deep-fries deliciousness in Fenwick

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Charlie’s Fenwick Fries features all things fried. From deep-fried Twinkies, churros, chicken and fries, the establishment offers all the fried foods that make for a classic, summer day at the beach.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Charlie’s Fenwick Fries features all things fried. From deep-fried Twinkies, churros, chicken and fries, the establishment offers all the fried foods that make for a classic, summer day at the beach.Let’s be honest — Twinkies and Oreos are already pretty delicious. But when deep-fried, warm and gooey, they’re a guilty pleasure perfect for nights at the beach. Charlie’s Bay Side restaurant has brought that quick-serve decadence to Fenwick Island. With an outdoor counter attached to the restaurant, Charlie’s Fenwick Fries now serves deep-fried treats, made to order.

“My wife, Laura, and I like to get to the boardwalk and walk. Every place had deep-fried Oreos, funnel cake and french fries,” said owner Charlie Getz. “But there’s nothing up here, nowhere you can get it.”

In a world increasingly obsessed with health food, Getz said there’s still room for sweets.

“Everybody’s doing healthy, and there’s no calorie-counting on vacation. We just wanted to do something different.”

The Village of Fenwick shopping center already has plenty of walking traffic, where the most popular dish is funnel fries (like funnel cake, but smaller, Getz said).

“What people are surprised about — we do a deep-fried Twinkie. It doesn’t taste like Twinkies,” he noted.

Dipped in pancake batter, then cooked in canola oil, the Twinkies are topped with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce.

Churros come with a spicy-sweet raspberry sauce, and Oreos transform into a huge, soft cookie.

Other deep-fried sweets include brownies and candy bars, served each day by business partner Melvin Shifflett.

Boom Surfboards built for local breaks by local surfer/shaper

Coastal Point • Submitted : A surfer catches some air on a Boom Surfboards Mamba 2, hand built by Eric Nygard. Nygard custom builds his boards for the local waves, which can be really hard on regular boards.Coastal Point • Submitted : A surfer catches some air on a Boom Surfboards Mamba 2, hand built by Eric Nygard. Nygard custom builds his boards for the local waves, which can be really hard on regular boards.Surfboard shaping is an art form. No two hand-shaped boards will ever be exactly same. And each board is designed for something different — big surf, small surf, more speed, more maneuverability, a different type of wave. And much like no two boards will ever be shaped the same, no two breaks are the same — and certain breaks require certain board features.

Eric Nygard, local surfer/shaper and owner of Boom Surfboards, knows this and has dedicated his craft to designing boards specifically for surfers looking to take on the often-unforgiving Delaware beach breaks.

“I like shore break,” Nygard said. “It can be by and far the most beautiful wave ever when it’s on, but it also wreaks havoc on surfboards, so I have focused everything I have on making stronger, lighter, more resilient performance boards without passing any extra cost to the consumer.”

After an influx of broken boards in his repair days, Nygard was inspired to start shaping on his own — determined to create a stronger board. At first, however, he started with skimboards.

“I started off with skimboards because I was in school doing research on composites,” he recalled. “I was just always focused on making a stronger board. They were starting to sacrifice strength, and it would break — especially in shore break like we have.”

Roberts opens Bethany Beach studio, Beach Pilates

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Kelly Roberts celebrated the opening of Beach Pilates with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 19. The studio will serve as more than just a place to learn and do Pilates, Roberts teaches about all kinds of health related subjects.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Kelly Roberts celebrated the opening of Beach Pilates with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 19. The studio will serve as more than just a place to learn and do Pilates, Roberts teaches about all kinds of health related subjects.Kelly Roberts is a certified Pilates instructor, yoga instructor, holistic health coach, raw-food chef, Master Gardener, author of two cookbooks and a novel about Tuscan culture, history and cuisine, and a food and fitness blogger — among other things. Needless to say, she knows what she’s doing when it comes to all things holistic.

After spending the last few years traveling around the area for appointments with clients, and being jokingly referred to as “Gypsy Rose” by her husband, Roberts finally opened her own studio to incorporate all of those concepts on April 1, right off Route 1 in Bethany Beach.

“I was traveling constantly,” she explained. “Everybody was so excited when I was like, ‘Well, I’m gonna finally open my own place.’ The town’s super excited, so I’m excited.”

“I’ve been looking for a Pilates instructor for some time. I used to have a great one in D.C., and now I found one [here],” said enthusiastic client Sheryl Swed. “I’m so pleased that Kelly, who is an excellent instructor, is here, and she can serve this whole area.”

Captain Mac is back!

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Captain Mac's Bait and Tackle sign is displayed on the back deck of Captain Mac's Fish House overlooking the bay.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Captain Mac's Bait and Tackle sign is displayed on the back deck of Captain Mac's Fish House overlooking the bay.Bruce McGuigan has fished local waters, both commercially and recreationally, for almost his entire life. He owned Captain Mac’s Bait & Tackle Shop in West Fenwick for 32 years, and the Lone Mullet Seafood Market next door for six years. He operated one of the first scallop boats in Ocean City, Md., has fished in the White Marlin Open and spends about three hours every morning breaking down fish.

To put it simply, Bruce McGuigan knows local seafood.

But when Hurricane Sandy flooded his property along Route 54 nearly two years ago, McGuigan decided to put that knowledge into a relatively new business venture — leading him to open the doors to Captain Mac’s Fish House last month.

“Every time somebody came into the seafood market, we got requests for fresh cooked food — sandwiches, things like that — so we decided to try it,” explained former Lone Mullet-turned-Fish House-employee Rick Eakle. “Hurricane Sandy ended up wiping out the underside of the building — in fact, we had a 3,000-pound walk-in refrigerator out on the side of the building. It was up on Route 54.”

Barrels and bureaus

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Hunt & Lane founders Taber Hunt Bartoshesky (left) and Jon Lane (right) show off some hand carved Indonesian teak wood sculptures that they picked up on their travels.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Hunt & Lane founders Taber Hunt Bartoshesky (left) and Jon Lane (right) show off some hand carved Indonesian teak wood sculptures that they picked up on their travels.Local surfers/entrepreneurs Jon Lane and Taber Hunt Bartoshesky originally set off for Indonesia thinking about one thing: waves.

However, after separate stints in one of the most consistent surf spots in the world, they each formed a new appreciation for a foreign culture — specifically, its hand-carved, aged teakwood furniture.

“It’s people that have been doing it for generations — their style of furniture is completely unique,” said Lane. “I have a complete new respect for woodworking after taking that trip. Everything is hand-carved, hand-chiseled out — most of this stuff is reclaimed, so this wood has history to it.”

On their most recent trip, Lane estimated that they shipped back around 100 pieces of furniture. From teakwood bed frames, Java benches, tables and dining sets to hand-carved teak sculptures and hand-chiseled marble chess sets — it was all meticulously selected by Lane and Bartoshesky and selected for a reason.

“We were very careful about the pieces we bought,” Lane said of the process. “We had wood testing meters, tested everything we bought, went to reliable sources through our connections — you can’t really find old teak anymore. It gets harder and harder to find every year, so we definitely paid more of a premium price for the quality stuff, but it’s definitely worth it. It really is one of a kind.”

Bethany Beach Books to host Find Waldo campaign

Bethany Beach Books, a local independent bookstore, announced on June 18 that they will be participating with 24 other local businesses in the Find Waldo Local campaign, sponsored by Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association.

Comics & Gaming shop brings the action to Bethany

Coastal Point photos • Laura Walter: Comics & Gaming opened around Memorial Day in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point photos • Laura Walter: Comics & Gaming opened around Memorial Day in Bethany Beach.There’s the smell of fresh-pressed ink — pushing art and action to leap off the page. And Bethany Beach’s newest comic book shop always has an open door, inviting customers to a thousand new worlds of adventure.

Comics & Gaming opened around Memorial Day and is already making waves.

“People are coming in excited. I think people are going to travel from Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City or Salisbury,” said co-owner Tom Chillemi.

“We’ve gotten a good response. We’ve seen crowds of all ages,” said co-owner Chip Sullivan. “Locals have said ‘Finally! Something I’ve been wanting to see for a long time.’

“It’s nice to walk into a comic book store that’s nice and bright and well-organized,” he added. “We’re very up-front with our new products, trades, pop figurines, games. Nobody has the comic book products that we have.”

From the cow to the beach: Ba Roos serves up fresh, local ice cream at Sea Colony

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Matt Merrick and Robbie Biddel serve up some local farm-made ice cream to some happy customers at their new shop in the Sea Colony Marketplace, Ba Roos Ice Cream.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Matt Merrick and Robbie Biddel serve up some local farm-made ice cream to some happy customers at their new shop in the Sea Colony Marketplace, Ba Roos Ice Cream.Just as “farm to table” restaurants support local farms, restaurateurs-turned-ice-cream-entrepreneurs Robbie Bidell and Matt Merrick are supporting local dairy farms — with a concept they like to call “from cow to beach” at their new Bethany Beach-area ice cream shop, Ba Roos.

Located at the Sea Colony Marketplace, right off Route 1, the shop offers 23 different flavors of farm-made ice cream from Hopkins Farm Creamery — a fourth-generation dairy farm just outside of Lewes.

“You can’t get much fresher,” said Merrick of the local product. “It’s going out and it’s coming right back. [Hopkins] does such a good job — it’s basically from the cow to the ice cream maker.”

Keeping it local is a trend for Ba Roos. Both Merrick and Bidell grew up locally, and now they’re both raising families in that same local area. They hire local kids from the local high school, sponsor local events and, obviously, sell local products.

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